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The Megger DCM300E Earth Clamp meter is designed mainly to check earth leakage currents. However, the upper range will measure currents of up to 300 A a.c. making it a totally versatile instrument capable of taking most current measurements.
The instrument has four ranges; 30 mA, 300 mA, 30 A and 300 A with a minimum resolution of 0,01 mA on the 30 mA range. For those hard to read measurements, where there are problems of accessibility or poor lighting, a data hold feature has been incorporated, to aid measurement. To save battery life when not in use the instrument has an automatic power off feature and will turn itself off if it hasn't taken any readings over a 10 minute period.
A typical application for the Megger DCM300E clamp-meter would be the measurement of earth leakage current in a circuit where the RCD keeps tripping out. The measured result will quickly identify whether the earth leakage current present is excessive causing the RCD to trip, or that the RCD itself is faulty. Standing earth leakage can be the result of various undetected faults in the installation such as cable insulation deterioration, cable damage or the entry of moisture into areas where there are exposed terminals or fittings.